How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
Comments: I first heard about this collection of stories when I read The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby last year. This is what he had to say about it:
"Orringer writes about things that everyone writes about - youth, friendship, death, grief, etc. - but her narrative settings are fresh and wonderfully knotty. So, while her themes are as solid and as recognizable as oak trees, the stuff growing on the bark you've never seen before."
It's a wonderful, well-written collection of stories. There was only one story that I didn't care for as much (a style issue/ personal preference thing) but even that story had a great ending. All the stories were thought-provoking and very real! This is her first book, but she's apparently working on a novel which I'll definitely read when it comes out!